Five Jewish tourists from the US mistakenly entered the Arab-controlled section of Hevron Thursday, where they were attacked by a mob that threw firebombs and rocks at them, the IDF and police spokesman said.
A local Arab took them into his home, where they awaited rescue by the IDF.
Forces from the Hevron District police and Judea and Samaria police, assisted by an IDF force, entered the neighborhood and rescued them.
Two of the men are in moderate to light condition. They have been taken to receive medical attention.
Photos from the scene show a pair of tefillin [phylacteries – ed.] lying on the road, belonging to one of the victims who escaped during the attack.
According to reports from emergency service ZAKA in Hevron / Kiryat Arba, a firebomb was hurled at their vehicle, which went up in flames.
A report from the Hatzala emergency service of Judea and Samaria said that one of them is bleeding from the face.
The latest reports said that the IDF has reached the men and that they are being taken to Israeli-controlled territory. They have been alternately described as haredi and as yeshiva students.
Large IDF forces are combing the area where the attack took place and investigating the event.